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British Hang Gliding & Paragliding Association

British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association

Incident Reports - Informal Investigations

This page lists all BHPA incident reports (informal investigations) available on this website. You can view all incident reports, or filter reports by Hang Gliding, Powered Hang Gliding, Paragliding, Paramotoring or Parascending. The incident report database can also be searched.

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Date Gender Age Rating Location Wind Speed &
Conditions
Wing &
Launch Type
Glider Summary Injury
19 May 2013 Male 0 CP Model Ridge
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Oasis

Incident not witnessed. Pilot called for help having turned into the hill approx 20m from the top of the hill.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
30-35 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to land in strong wind in an area known to be turbulent when the wind was strong. Glider stalled at approx 3-5m and pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

17 May 2013 Male 43 CP Mercury
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot
Airwave
Kiss

Pilot attempted to top land due to increase in wind strength and shift in wind direction. Pilot caught out by rotor causing wing to slew sideways on approach. Pilot landed heavily.

Seriously Injured:
Feet, Legs

6 May 2013 Male 38 Pilot Jenkin Hill
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 7

Pilot carried out a reverse launch but was lifted off his feet before turning into wind. Pilot decided to stall wing as he was only 10cm off the ground. Pilot pulled fully on both brakes but one of the brakes slipped from his gloved hand causing the glider to spin violently. Pilot was dragged a little.

Unhurt
6 May 2013 Male 53 AP Hill Farm
United Kingdom
5-10 Km/h
Moderate
Moderate Turbulence

Paraglider
Winch/vehicle Tow
Firebird
Hornet

Glider went off line during tow launch and suffered an asymmetric collapse at low level. Driver backed off power but pilot landed heavily on his back.

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

24 Apr 2013 Male 66 Muggery Bottom
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h
Not Turbulent

Paraglider
Foot
Ozone
Element 2

Student encountered a small pocket of lift on a simple top to bottom flight. Student applied both brakes then released them causing the glider to pitch. Student landed heavily on his back.

Minor Injuries:
Lumbar Spine

24 Apr 2013 Male 75 CP Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
25-30 Km/h
Strong Turbulence

Paraglider
Foot


Pilot took off in strengthening winds and was blown along a fence line before being lifted by a gust and slammed to the ground from 3-5m.

Seriously Injured
23 Apr 2013 Male 75 Pilot Mount Caburn
United Kingdom
20-25 Km/h

Paraglider
Foot
Gin Gliders
Sprint

Pilot took off down hill as too strong on top. Pilot was then blown back over the top and lost control of his glider. Pilot crashed and was immediately lifted off by glider before crashing again.

Seriously Injured
22 Apr 2013 Female 55 Lijar
Spain
0-5 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Skywalk
Tequila

Student encountered lift on approach and attempted to tighten turn in order to land in landing field rather than use alternative field. Student allied too much brake and glider began to spin. On recovery student was swung into the ground.

Seriously Injured:
Pelvis

20 Apr 2013 Male 51 Pilot LLantsillio
United Kingdom
15-20 Km/h
Moderate

Paraglider
Foot
Advance
Sigma 6

Pilot suffered 50% asymmetric collapse immediately after take off. Glider rotated 180 degrees and pilot struck hillside from 10-12m

Seriously Injured:
Lumbar Spine

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Incident reports (informal investigations) last updated: 15 December 2018 at 05:45:08 AM

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